Grown for its handsome succulent foliage and its drought tolerance, this hybrid Cotyledon bears thick, blue-green, spoon-shaped leaves on fleshy stems. The paired leaves have maroon, wedge-shaped tips. The densely branched plants reach approximately knee height.
This succulent does best in well-drained soil and bright light, with protection from scorching midday sun. It prefers cool dry winters. Use it outdoors in mild climates, or as a conservatory or house plant in colder climes. It...
James H. Schutte
(Colewort, Giant Sea Kale)
A massive mound of ornate leaves are attractive by themselves on the colewort, but the many-branched flower stems with wispy, baby's breath-like white flowers makes this herbaceous perennial a showstopper. Colewort, a relative of cabbage and broccoli, is native to western Asia's Caucasus Mountains.
In spring, a rosette of long-stemmed dark green leaves emerge from the ground. Each laef blade is kidney-shaped or oval with a puckering center and toothed, bristled edges. It creates an alluring...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Delicious in taste and in visual texture, sea kale has ruffled grayish blue-green leaves and pretty white blossoms in very late spring. This herbaceous perennial can be evergreen in mild winter areas but often dies back with subfreezing temperatures. It is often grown as an annual vegetable, particularly in its native range of coastal northern and western Europe and around the Black Sea.
With spring coolness, the young leaves are purplish gray and eventually grow into a large blade that is floppy...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Noted for their handsome, succulent, paired leaves, which are often arranged in striking geometric patterns, the 200 or so annuals, perennials, and small shrubs in the genus Crassula are mostly endemic to southern Africa.
Plants in this remarkably diverse genus have fleshy leaves and stems rich in specialized water holding cells that grant exceptional drought resistance. Plant habit ranges from creeping to upright. Most crassulas grown today are small species suitable for containers....
A variable evergreen succulent found over a wide area of southeastern Africa, this low-growing perennial produces rosettes of fleshy, oval to lance-shaped, green or gray-green leaves that often have red spots, margins, or suffusion. Sparsely branched stems crowded with four-ranked leaves emerge from the rosettes in spring or early summer. The stems may be upright or prostrate, and the leaves hairy or smooth. Spike-like clusters of small white pink-tinged flowers appear at the stem tips in summer...
A showy-leaved cultivar of a an evergreen succulent from southeastern Africa, this low-growing perennial produces rosettes of fleshy, narrowly oval, bright green leaves that turn orange and scarlet in hot dry weather. Lax, sparsely branched stems emerge from the rosettes in spring or early summer, bearing four-ranked leaves that decrease in size toward the stem tips. These leaves also turn brilliant colors as they mature. Spike-like clusters of small white pink-tinged flowers appear on short stalks...
(Klipblom, Red Crassula)
Colorful both in leaf and in flower, this succulent evergreen subshrub from coastal areas of South Africa has compact erect stems crowded with four rows of oval, pointed leaves. The leaves are often edged or tinged red. In summer and early fall, large flat clusters of starry, purplish-red flowers crown the stems. Flowers on some forms are pink or white.
This plant requires coarse porous soil, whether grown in gardens or containers. It prefers full sun, but requires partial shade in summer in...
James H. Schutte
Valued for its handsome foliage and shade tolerance, this evergreen succulent subshrub is native to extreme southeastern Africa. Its oval, fleshy, glossy green leaves are paired along upright to sprawling stems that can reach knee height. The leaves bear small milky dots along their margins. Large frothy clusters of small yellowish white flowers appear at the branch tips in late fall and winter. The fragrant blooms attact hummingbirds.
Like most succulents, this plant prefers fast drainage, whether...
(Grandfather's Watch Chain)
An excellent groundcover for frost-free gardens, this vigorously spreading, succulent, evergreen perennial is native to rocky terrain in eastern South Africa. Its sprawling stems root at the nodes, rapidly colonizing large areas. The rounded, dark green, pitted leaves are paired along the stems. They may become red-flushed in sun. Fallen leaves can root to form new plants. Branched heads of small starry pink flowers open from reddish buds in spring. After blooming, flower stalks may produce very...